The Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) recently awarded me some funding to extend the impact of the findings from the Following Young Fathers study, that I have become affiliated with via my current research project ‘Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care.’ The project that has been funded is called ‘Responding to fathers in a different way’ and aims to develop policy and practice in relation to work with young and teenage fathers. The project will run between May 2016 and May 2017 and involves working in partnership with professionals working for the Young Dads Council, Leeds City Council and Oakhill STC. By the end of the project we hope to have: piloted the development of a Young Dads Council in Leeds; gained an understanding of how young offender fathers experience transitions back to the community following imprisonment; extended the network that was established during the Following Young Fathers research; and produced a training module for professionals that work with young fathers. We also plan to speak at the APPG on Fatherhood when we have some findings to share.
The award has also been announced in the recent LSSI Newsletter here. Please do get in touch for further information or if you are interested in becoming a member of the network.